After the permit has been issued and the work is underway, periodic inspections are required for most types of permits. To schedule an inspection, call the Building Department. Only the person who pulled the permit may call for an inspection. If you call during lunch or after hours to schedule an inspection, you may leave a message on voice mail. It is always recommended that you leave your phone number.
You must provide a permit number or address to schedule an inspection, and it is best to provide both as a cross-reference. It is important that you make arrangements for an inspector to have access to the property. If the inspector is unable to get in, an additional trip will be needed and will likely result in an additional inspection charge. Inspectors will not make inspections in homes that have personal belongings in them unless someone is present.
Generally, most electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits require two inspections: a rough and a final inspection. Some permits require only one inspection, while others may require three or more. Additional inspections are required to re-inspect work after corrections have been made. Building permits for new homes and/or additions usually require a minimum of four building inspections as follows: a stake out, a footing, a rough, and a final inspection.
Rough building inspections should not be called for until all other electrical, plumbing, and mechanical rough inspections have been called for and approved. Likewise, final building inspections should not be called for until all other final inspections have been called for and approved.
If electrical, plumbing or mechanical inspections do not pass, additional inspections and fees may be required. If more units were installed than paid for on the original permit, additional fees will be due. An example of a unit is a circuit being installed for an electrical permit or a fixture being installed for a plumbing permit. Fees are listed on the permit application or can be viewed online. In the long run, hiring licensed professionals who know the code often saves you from these additional fees for extra inspections.